The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) announced that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) include fresh, white potatoes within the USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). To date, white potatoes had been the only vegetable or fruit excluded from the WIC voucher program. The inclusion of white potatoes within WIC is consistent with the most current recommendations within the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
Based on recommendations of the 2010 DGA and using data from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), the committee found that the consumption of all starchy vegetables–including white potatoes–was 64% and 56% below recommendations for children and women, respectively. Intakes of vitamin D, calcium, potassium, and dietary fiber by children fall short of current Dietary Reference Intakes, and intakes of vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber by women need improvement.